Monday, November 28, 2016

Silver and Glitter

    I picked this dresser up quite a while back and just recently had a chance to give it a make-over.  When I picked it up, it had to be emptied first.  It was in a storage building and filled with heavy tools.  I knew that although it was not cosmetically beautiful, it must be quite sturdy to hold that weight.  At some point when it was moved the left rear leg broke off.  It had been repaired in the past and now would need to be repaired again.

  The dresser was painted dark brown and was dated 1957 and made in Tacoma, WA.  At one time a lot of America's furniture was manufactured in Tacoma.  I am sure it was finished with stain and varnish at one time, but upon stripping it became apparent that painting this piece was the best option.  As with a lot of pieces in this time frame it has thin sheets of real wood veneer.  It needed to be reglued in places and it had many cosmetic flaws on the veneer.  Surface flaws on veneer can be really hard to disguise because it is fairly thin and vigorous sanding can cause more damage.  I believe the veneer is white oak and the grain was very uniform and not pretty at all.
    I glued and re-screwed the leg back on and added some wood pieces and some filler.
    This piece needed a glam look in order to make up for its flaws.  I decided on Rustoleum Metallic paint and I was very happy with it.  This is an acrylic paint as opposed to an oil based paint.  It went on smoothly and covered well.  I also wanted to add some texture and extra fun, so I added high quality crystal glitter to the paint and to the top coat.  It is subtle but the glimmer is there, and is especially visible on the top.  I painted the handles with the same paint and topcoat.
    This will come with the mirror pictured.  It is probably older than the dresser and very heavy.  It will not come with the easels that are holding it up but it has picture hanging wire on the back and it can be hung vertically or horizontally. 
    The dresser measures 44 inches across the front, 32 1/2 high, and 19 inches from front to back and will be available later this week.  This would easily work well as an entry way piece, dresser, buffet for linens in a small dining room, or coffee bar!
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Monday, October 24, 2016

China cabinet is done!

First of all, I cannot believe it has been so long since I posted!  I had a busy couple of weeks buttoning up the cabin, went on a couple of small picks, took some time to go visit my new grand, and I also took some time out to dig my house out from all the clutter that collects while we are running around trying to cram everything we can into our short summers.  After that it was full steam ahead to finish two projects that had been waiting.  Somehow, someway, I forgot to get pictures of the first......sigh.
    The next project took so much longer than it should have.......I bought this china cabinet of uncertain age and origin.  Then promptly forgot to take before pictures of the top excuse......
   It had interesting and unusual details and I felt that it would be so much prettier after it had been painted.  This was mid-August with only a few weeks before the cabin would close.  I thought it would make a great anchor piece and hopefully sell before closing up for the winter.  Lol, that didn't work out as planned.  I usually stay away from really trendy colors on large pieces.  While they are very striking, they don't always sell well here.  The life span of a piece with an unusual color can be shorter.  I take a lot of care and time so that my paint jobs hold up, so it can make removing them difficult.  So, late in the process of painting this piece a lovely trendy turquoise  color, I realized that the new paint that I was using just did not meet my standards for durability.  I just was not happy with it.
 Sneak peek pictures had been posted on  my  Fb page and there had been interest in the piece so I explained why it wasn't going to be available.  Shortly after,  I was contacted by a repeat customer who was interested in it,  if I could re-paint it red.  The long process of removing the paint began,  I still have kids at home and other obligations so don't usually have time for marathon sessions.  I chose a pretty red from Americana Decor paint.  It was very bright and not the aged red look that we wanted.  After several coats of red, I brushed on walnut stain and then wiped it off.  The grain on this piece is pretty deep and  the stain settled into the crevices very nicely giving it the look I wanted.  I chose Rustoleum Clear Shellac for a durable top coat.  The lower cabinet doors had odd faux hinges that served no purpose, as the doors have piano type hinges, so I never re-attached them.  There are no handles for this piece but there is a key that will open the doors.

    I think this and another  cabinet I did for the same customer will compliment each other nicely.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

I made my post disappear......

    So sorry if you clicked on a link to a post called "Saved" about this cute little blue sink.  I feel like the little boy in the movie "Home Alone."  I made my post disappear......and I have no idea how to get it back.......

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Table.....

    I wish I had a nickle for every time someone asks me how I find all of this good  I usually admit that I actually think that most of the time it finds me.  Sometimes it finds me a second time!  I bought this old table several years ago at an estate sale.  Unfortunately, most of the items were reproductions, gathered at the couple's frequent trips to local thrift shops, as the relatives conducting the sale revealed.  The table had nice details, but lots of damage.  One foot was a little shorter, and had many tooth marks from a puppy that had used it for a chew toy.  The pretty walnut veneer on top had bubbles and was missing in spots.  There were quite a few other damaged spots all over the table.  I took it home, filled the damage, painted it gray and used it for several years, then sold it at my garage sale(not Rescue Rehab), for the same price I had bought it....$5.
    Fast forward several months and a customer asked if I could redo a table she had bought at a garage sale.  When she brought it to the cabin I had to laugh.  I told her that I was quite familiar with the table........
    It had found me again!!!  Lol.  It now had more damage on top although the repairs to the other parts held up rather well.  The initial thought was for the top or the body of the table to be restained and the rest painted white or cream.  While prepping the table it became clear that re-staining would be very difficult, as there was damage to more of the table than I actually remembered.  The walnut veneer also continued to bubble as I worked on it, so I did the only thing that seemed reasonable, which was to remove it.  I used a hair dryer rather than a heat gun to warm the glue and make it easier to remove.  I took a leap of faith in painting the table.  I had a dark cream color of paint that I really liked.  After painting
I used a dark wax which really highlighted a lot of areas, including the damaged places, which gave it an aged look that seemed to fit the table well.  I topped it with a rubbed wax finish.  Interestingly enough I had never removed the furniture tacks that were on the bottom of the table, but I did as I was working on it.  I have seen old tables that had fabric bags tacked on for sewing supplies, etc.  I wonder if this did at some point.
     When I contacted the customer to let her know it was done and give her the quote, I told her that it was on the condition that she liked it.  It wasn't exactly what we had discussed, but she was very relieved when she picked it up, lol!  I guess I made her a bit glad she liked it!!!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Little Girl's Rocking Chair

    I haven't done anything that was girlish for a while.  While looking through the paint aisle at the store, I found this pretty pink and decided the time was right for a girl project.  My daughter-in-law found this chair in her attic and brought it to me, knowing I would be happy to give it a make-over.
    I couldn't find any labels or maker's marks on the chair anywhere.  It was all wooden, with little wooden pegs  holding it together, except for the right arm, where they were missing.  I really am not sure whether this was hand-made, but it does appear to be.  Maybe a shop class project, or a proud grandpa project?  It is was very plain, but very functional.  I had to add screws in place of the missing pegs.   After sanding, scraping and painting, it was still a little plain, so I added some little flowers.  A couple of coats of poly will help protect it.  It will be headed to the cabin tomorrow.

Sweet vintage baby shoes

    Many times I will buy a trunk, box or other container of items.  Sometimes it seems to be a time capsule of someone's life.  I am always so torn with these items.  It is inevitable that they will be cleaned, sorted and divided into groups to be sold at my cabin.  It often feels like a big responsibility, saving bits and pieces of a life and finding ways for them to be useful to someone else.  There were a couple of these pairs of sweet vintage leather baby shoes in a trunk I bought.  While I find the scuffed white leather baby shoes lovely in their own right, I thought that painting them might make them more appealing for a modern display in a nursery.  While painting is my life, I am no artist!  I decided that after painting the shoes this pretty creamy color I would add some flowers, so I chose something very simple that I was sure I couldn't mess up!  I added some poly after painting to help protect them.  I used some vintage ribbon to lace them up and tied them together with this vintage lace.  They will be at the cabin on Saturday.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Oak Piano Bench

    The owner of this bench wanted it to be stained and recovered.  It is a nice old oak bench and with a little care it will still be around for a lot longer.    I filled holes, glued and clamped a split and did several other repairs.  I did sand, but did not fix every little nick.  I didn't want it to lose its character.  The owner brought me a gray stain that she had used on her cabinets, some foam, and fabric.  After sanding I applied the stain  and after waiting two days, I applied Howard's Wax and Feed.  It is very easy to use and I have always been happy with it.  After about twenty minutes I rubbed the excess off.  Before the staining I had removed the lid of the bench.   This fabric went well with the gray stain, and I covered the lid and re-attached it to the bench.  The owner will be picking it up tomorrow and I hope it is exactly what she hoped for!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Little sled redo

    I got this little sled early this spring at a sale.  The lady said she had made it and at one time had about 18 that she hung on the fence with lights at Christmas.  The runners were made with so much care that I just couldn't pass it up.  The bed of the sled was made of a couple of pieces of plywood and somewhat patched together, so I knew that I would end up covering it with something.  I found this fabric and covered the sled and changed out the rope from white clothesline to sisal and covered the end of the fabric with sisal also.  Some red paint and this cute sled is ready to be a cute addition to someone's Christmas decor or to use as a prop for photos.  It heads to the cabin tomorrow.
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Display for magazines and newspapers at the cabin

    Last fall I went to Wasilla to attend Alaska Picker's Picker Day.  Essential items on my list to buy were 4 heat registers from a house that was built in 1851.  It had served as a stopping place for the Underground Railroad, so regardless of whether these were actually in place during that time period, I really wanted to purchase them.  The house had been torn down and these were salvaged.
 I have a couple of ideas for the other two, but these seemed perfect to use as a display for some of the items that I have that are a bit difficult to display.  I have quite a few vintage magazines and newspapers and I think they will slip right into these two registers.  I attached them to some wood that I have managed to save from the farm burn is good wood and has lot of potential for repurposing, it used to be part of a hay wagon.
    I dry brushed some white paint on the wooden frame and removed some of the rust from the registers, and applied a bit of green paint.  I screwed the registers to the pallet and I think this will work well at the cabin to store the newspapers and magazines.

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    A customer brought these cute little chairs to me for recovering a few weeks ago.  The fabric the seats were covered in was worn and they needed a new look.  The chairs were  made by a local crafts person and really unique.  One cushion is a little larger than the other so maybe they are fraternal twins!  So cute, and so great for little people who always love to have their own little chairs.  The customer chose this zebra type burlap for the little chairs and I am very happy with how they turned out. 
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Nautical themed chair

    This chair was made in the 80's.  At one time it would have been called a child's high chair, but these days, with all of the safety regulations I am sure it can't be called that any longer.  I painted it in a chalk paint named Cascade and it just seemed to be well suited for something with a nautical theme.  You could use it for display, for plants, I would not recommend putting a child who needed a regular high chair in it, but certainly an older child or small adult could use it.  It will be at the cabin tomorrow.
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016


     This is a stunning color,  a little more turquoise than it actually shows on my monitor.   It is Americana Decor Chalk Finish paint, in their color named Treasure.  It is so pretty.  This little shelf for miniatures originally had doors, but it was time to take them off and give this piece a new look.  Believe it or not it still has it's foil label, "Sears and Roebuck 1976."  I have mixed my own chalk paint for years but have been considering switching to a pre-mixed chalk paint for a while.  I end up having too much left over, or mixing it a little thick, and I think I am ready to make that change.  I was very happy with this paint.  It went on very smoothly, sands nicely and was very easy to use, and I am planning to use this again.    This little "Treasure" will be at the cabin tomorrow!

    This post was not sponsored and I was not compensated for my opinion.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Extra Chair

    Almost everyone needs an extra chair, right?  When company comes over you need extra seating, or you need a chair in your bedroom to sit on while you put on your shoes.  This was a nicely made Thomasville chair whose only fault was its unfortunate mauve cushion.....I had some pillow ticking material that I got from Donna at that I had been wanting to use, so I removed the old covering and replaced it with the ticking.  My first inclination was to paint the body of the chair white, but it was too stark of a contrast with the off white of the ticking.  I painted the back of the chair blue and dry brushed it with white.  The rest of the chair was painted in white and distressed with a wax relief technique and light sanding.  This will be at the cabin tomorrow!
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lantern Re-Do

    I've always loved the look of repurposed lanterns.  I hate to repurpose them when they are still usable, many people here still use them.  When I found that this one had some small holes in it, I sure wasn't sad, knowing that it could be made into a pretty decor item.  I cleaned and sanded it, then painted it with white dry brushing over blue.  I had this really pretty single drawer knob and it fit in the hole where someone had stuck a wine cork!  E-6000 glue has it held firmly in place.  This is not one of the more desirable brands of lanterns, so I am happy I could give it a new life.  This will be at the cabin tomorrow filled with silk flowers, I just have to decide what color....maybe red, white and blue???  I will try to update with a picture after I put the flowers in it.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Good Bones

    This little dresser had good bones.  Fairly sturdy, with its problems consisting mainly of chips, bumps and bruises
    I decided that staining the body and painting the drawers would look best.  I used the original hardware after being soaked in ketchup(yes, it works very well!).
    The top has been waxed and the drawers coated with poly.  The dimensions are 35/12 tall, 341/2 across the front, and 17 front to back.  It should be at the cabin tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Make overs

 A couple of cute make overs.  I got both of these items at the same sale.  A family was having a huge sale to earn money
for a child's trip to England for a martial arts competition.  I always enjoy spending money for a good cause!  After scrubbing,
and stripping the shelf unit I gave it a coat of red milk paint and then dry brushed it with white milk paint, giving it kind of
an old weathered, red barn type of look.  The dimensions are 29 1/2 inches across the front, 7 inches from front to back, and
32 inches tall.  It could be hung on a wall or placed on top of another piece.  The tray would be great to carry wine glasses,
and if you need some I have those too!  The graphic didn't turn out exactly as I wanted but I stained the tray and then brushed a
very small amount of paint over it to give it an even more aged look. The tray dimensions are 16 inches x 11 inches.
 These will be at the cabin tomorrow.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blue and rust, does it get any better???

    I have the best job in the world!  I love what I do, from going picking, to painting furniture, to greeting visitors at my cabin at the Farmer's Market.  I am so lucky.  I have friends who know that when they see something old and chippy I will love it.  A friend gave me this vintage toy camper, isn't it great?
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

China cabinet

    This china cabinet came from the estate sale of an elderly acquaintance.  I got there a bit early and I was in grab and go mode, which means I didn't really have a lot of time to look things over.  This piece really perplexes me but I have come to the conclusion that it had to be home made.  It seems to be made of several types of wood and different types of hardware, some of which seems to have been replaced a time or two.  No maker's mark at all.  The oddest thing is on the inside of the doors, rather than have matching pieces of wood, there appears to be wood putty formed to match and re-enforce the front pieces.  That would have been fine, except for the fact that it was a non-hardening putty and was soft and slightly sticky.  Fortunately the chalk paint that I used took care of that.  The wood did not have a pretty grain so I didn't have any second thoughts about painting it. I have a display piece in the cabin and people have loved the color, so I used the same green on this, with white to give it a very chippy shabby look.  It is a little darker than the pictures here show.  One of the side windows was broken and before I started to paint it, it got knocked over and the other window broke.  After trying a few different solutions I decided it looked best just leaving it as is with no windows on the sides.  The last reason that I think this may have been home made is that it is very front heavy.  It really needs some weight in the back or to be anchored to a wall for safety.  It is a cute piece and I especially like the fretwork on the door.  It will be at the cabin on Saturday.  I remembered to get a before picture when it was laying down.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Potato bin to planter

    So, apparently another before photo fail, I could have sworn I took one!  I got quite a few things at an estate sale a few weeks ago.  This had "taters and onions" painted on it and was probably from the 70's.    The top and lid were so tight that it didn't shut properly so I removed it.  I painted it in many layers of thick white chalk paint.  I got this sweet graphic from and transferred it to the wood.  A couple of coats of poly and it is headed to the cabin at the market.  I plan to add a tray and a couple of plants to the top.

Friday, May 20, 2016

French country stool

    I forgot to get a before picture...are you surprised??  Anyway, this was a sweet little stool that was very plain.  I got this great graphic from  I love it.  I transferred it onto the stool with mod podge.  The green paint, is left over from my daughter's dining set is the perfect vintage green shade.  I used white paint over it, dry-brushed to give the stool an aged look and used poly for a longer lasting finish.  It has a sweet french country look.   This will be available at the cabin tomorrow!
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Rescue Rehab cabin

    The cabin is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10-5.  I love being able to have visitors and share my love of things from the past.